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Sierra Soleimani
December 17, 2015

How to Choose A Basketball Mouthguard


Although it's not technically a contact sport, basketball gets it's fair share of injuries. In fact, basketball has the highest number of dental injuries among all sports. Players have a 10% chance of enduring a dental injury on the court, yet mouthguards are not a mandated.  More and more basketball players are marking the decision to wear a mouthguard. If you decide to wear a mouthguard while playing basketball, it's important that you wear a mouthguard that will actually protect you. 

Beautiful teeth are expensive. You spend the time brushing them and flossing them, you take them to the dentist, and if they're not aligned, you strap wires on them. All of this takes time and money. With over $500 million spent every year on sports dental injuries, preventing dental injuries will cost you far less. 

When it comes to tooth protection, there's multiple types of mouthguards out there varying in price, protection and comfort. If you decide to invest in a mouthguard, you'll definitely want one that will do the job well.

A protective mouthguard should have the following qualities:

  • Comfortable
  • Resilient 
  • Tear-resistant
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Fits properly
  • Should not restrict speech
  • Should not restrict breathing

With most sports and especially with basketball, communication is a big part of the game. You yell when you're open for a pass, you discuss strategy between plays or you thank the passer when they give you an assist.  With the above characteristics in mind, we have taken a closer look into the pro's and con's of each mouthguard type.

Types of Mouthguards

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  • Can be conveniently purchased from sporting goods store or pharmacy
  • Inexpensive ($5-10)
  • Easy to fit


  • Only available in limited sizes
  • Inhibits speech and breathing
  • Requires jaw to be closed to hold it in place
  • Lack of athlete compliance (due to discomfort)
  • Prone to being chewed on
  • Deemed as "Unacceptable as orofacial protective device" by the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD)

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  • Can be conveniently purchased from sporting goods store 
  • Easy to fit
  • Relatively inexpensive ($15-40)


  • Bulky and uncomfortable design inhibits speech and breathing
  • Prone to being chewed on (rendering it completely useless) 
  • Lack of athlete compliance (due to discomfort)

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  • Individualized fit provides better protection
  • Ability to talk and breathe
  • Thin and comfortable - players are more likely to wear it
  • Custom color options


  • Expensive ($100-300)
  • Requires impressions from the dentist (some models allow you to do impressions yourself)
  • Takes time to manufacture in a lab

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  • Inexpensive ($19-35)
  • Instant custom fit - no impressions needed
  • Perforated design provide better protection than boil and bite
  • Perforations allow for natural flow of air and saliva (talk, breathe, drink)
  • Thin and comfortable design (1.6mm)
  • Remoldable by placing it back in hot water


  • Non-conventional design may be difficult to fit for first time users
  • No multi-color options

Despite costs, a custom fit mouthguard will provide the best protection to your teeth. In 2001, a study of 301 Australian football players proved that wearing a custom fit mouthguard had a significantly lower rate of injury than those wearing an over the counter mouth guard. A design that is unique to your mouth will remain secure and provide protection to every corner and crannie of your teeth.

You shouldn't have to dread wearing something that protects you. You deserve the best of both worlds: being protected while also being comfortable.  Investing in preventative dentistry, will save you time, money and pain in the long run. 

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